Depressor consonants and the tones of Tonjungbe

Kpoglu Promise Dodzi, Patin Cédric


This paper is a first introduction to the tone system of T??úgbé, a dialect of Ewe, focusing on its differences with the tone system of other Ewe dialects, on the one hand, and the role of depressor consonants on the other hand. After a brief reminder of the tone system of Ewe, a brief presentation of the tone system of verbs in T??úgbé is provided, indicating that voiced obstruents can operate as depressors in the dialect. A detailed description of the surface tones of root nouns follows, insisting on their acoustic correlates. In addition to the presence of a superhigh tone, the section insists on the presence of a contrast in duration between mid-toned and low-toned nouns, in addition to the difference in pitch realization. Then, a comparison is made between T??úgbé on one hand and A?l?gbe and E?edomegbe on the other hand. Consequences of this comparison on our knowledge of tone in Ewe are addressed in a brief discussion.


 DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2018-45

Cite as: Dodzi, K.P., Cédric, P. (2018) Depressor consonants and the tones of Tonjungbe. Proc. TAL2018, Sixth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages, 222-226, DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2018-45.


@inproceedings{Dodzi2018,
  author={ Kpoglu Promise Dodzi and Patin Cédric},
  title={ Depressor consonants and the tones of Tonjungbe},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. TAL2018, Sixth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages},
  pages={222--226},
  doi={10.21437/TAL.2018-45},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/TAL.2018-45}
}